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Referral procedures (new §303.303) (proposed §303.302)

Comment: None.

Discussion: We have made a technical edit to new

§303.303(a)(1) (proposed §303.302(a)(1)) to clarify that

the referral procedures that lead agencies must provide to

primary referral sources are the State’s procedures for

referring a child under the age of three to the Part C program.

Changes: We have added the word “State’s” before the word

“procedures” in §303.303(a)(1) (proposed §303.302(a)(1)).

Comment: Many commenters supported removing current

§303.321(d)(2)(ii), which required primary referral sources

to refer a child to the Part C program within two working

days of the child’s identification. The commenters stated

that because the two-day timeline was not enforceable by lead agencies, they supported the language in proposed

§303.302(a)(2)(i) that requires referrals be made as soon

as possible. These commenters stated that requiring primary referral sources to refer identified children as

soon as possible would provide States with the flexibility

to establish or maintain more stringent reporting requirements on primary referral sources, while acknowledging the difficulties associated with monitoring the adherence of thousands of primary referral sources to a